The Holy See Did Not Commit Torture

St Peters Basilica - interior

....But you already knew that.Some people did not know that, though; and so the Critics of Anything Roman, always hoping to give the Church a black eye, tried to suggest that the sexual abuse of minors, which is an abomination and a clear violation of Catholic Church teaching, was a form of state-sponsored torture.Further, they alleged, the Church's stance in opposition to birth control and abortion is also torture.No surprises here:  Among the influential nongovernmental … [Read more...]

On August 6, Gay Marriage Goes Back to Court in Michigan

Same sex couples wait to apply for Michigan marriage licenses in March 2014

The Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals has set August 6 as the date to hear oral arguments in the case brought by Jayne Rowse and April DeBoer, a lesbian couple who wanted to be permitted to marry in their home state of Michigan.In March, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman struck down the voter-approved Michigan Marriage Act which prohibited marriage between members of the same sex, calling it unconstitutional.  His decision was put on hold by the appeals court, however--but not before … [Read more...]

African and Other Leaders Meet in Paris, Declare War on Boko Haram

French President Hollande with leaders from African nations at the conclusion of the Security Summit in Paris

French President François Hollande took the lead against terrorism Saturday, May 17 in Paris, bringing together five African heads of state to adopt a regional action plan to fight against the Nigerian armed Islamist group Boko Haram.In a joint press conference, Cameroonian President Paul Biya said, "We are here to declare war on Boko Haram."Recognizing that Boko Haram has become a major threat in Africa, the Summit participants announced a plan which includes "intelligence coordination, … [Read more...]


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